On March 7-8, 2012 a reaffirmation of kinship ceremony between the non-Islamized inhabitants and the Moro people in Mindanao will be executed in the heart of the Talaandig ancestral territory in Tulugan, Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon. The ceremony will be participated by the thirteen (13) Islamized native inhabitants embracing Islam and thirty three(33), sub-groups included, non-Islamized natives recognized by Philippine law as Indigenous Peoples/Indigenous Cultural Communities by virtue of Republic Act No. 8371 otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997.
The kinship ceremony will be highlighted with the following:
presentation of histories of kinship by the Indigenous Peoples and Moro representatives
execution of the kinship ritual
signing of kinship covenant
exchanges of tokens of kinship among the IPs and Moro People
unveiling of a kinship monument
recognition and proclamation of the kinship council and descendants of peace pact holders as mechanism to promote the doctrines kinship towards peaceful cooperation, understanding and unity.
The delegates attending the ceremony including guests and dignitaries from national and international agencies are expected to arrive on March 7, 2012 to be able to participate into the opening ceremony and kinship night celebration.
This historic event commemorates the pre-colonial relationship between the Indigenous Peoples and the Moro that was used in settling previous conflicts on lands, territorial governance and use of natural resources.
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The Talaandig is one of the seven major indigenous groups in Bukidnon. The other groups are the Talaandig Higaonon, Bukidnon, Manobo, Matigsalog, Umayamnon, and Tigwahanon. The Talaandig, Bukidnon, and Higaonon covers the whole Mount Kitanglad with seven municipalities and one city. Talaandig is at the municipality of Lantapan and Talakag Bukidnon. The Cultural Center is situated in Songco, Lantapan Bukidnon.
The ancestry of the Talaandig is rooted from Apu Agbibilin and Apo Ginamayong. The community is made up of 10,000 families. Its present tribal administrator of the community is in the leadership of Datu Migketay Victorino Saway working with the Council of Elders and the Cultural Masters which is composed of the chanters, community historian, arbitrators, indigenous farmers, Peace Advocates and the Mangunguyamo (the men and women midwives).
The Talaandig community has three organized groups; The School for Living Tradition, Anak ng Tribu, and the Mothers for Peace.